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  • Friern Hospital was a psychiatric hospital in Colney Hatch in what is now the London Borough of Barnet. The hospital was built as the Second Middlesex County Asylum and was in operation from 1851 to 1993. At the time of construction, the asylum had 1,250 beds and was the largest and most modern asylum in Europe. At its height Colney Hatch was home to 3,500 mental patients and had the longest corridor in Britain. For much of the 20th century, its name was synonymous among Londoners with any mental institution. The asylum was situated on Friern Barnet Road and is shown on the Ordnance Survey map of 1876–1881, which also marks Colney Hatch Park in the area centred on Springfield Road in New Southgate, in the London Borough of Enfield, although the hospital was located further west in what is now generally called Friern Barnet, in the London Borough of Barnet. It was close to the Great Northern Railway and had its own railway station.

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